US-based HARMAN and Samsung SmartThings have announced collaboration to accelerate the growth of the latter’s Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. Both will also work to create future road map features for hub core and embedded components.

This collaboration is between the Samsung SmartThings R&D team and HARMAN Connected Services (HCS), a division of HARMAN International. HARMAN supports enterprises globally to accelerate the transformation to the connected world through cloud, mobility and analytics solutions.

Under the engineering partnership, HARMAN Connected Services, a division of HARMAN working on connected devices, will assist in rolling out the SmartThings app, integrate third-party sensors into the SmartThings ecosystem, and work on feature development for SmartThings Cloud.

Samsung has completed the acquisition of HARMAN for $8 billion last year and has been adopting HARMAN’s solutions into its own portfolio. Whereas,  Samsung bought SmartThings back in 2014.

The firm is using HARMAN’s audio as a companion piece for its Cinema LED solution. Samsung is also planning to launch an AI speaker to integrate into its IoT ecosystem, leveraging HARMAN’s audio prowess.

Samsung is also working to integrate SmartThings and HARMAN in the home, with its smart TV as the central piece. Consumers can use 2018-model TVs to control their connected devices through the SmartThings app.    Read more…

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